Lisa Cinelli
Painter, Children's Book Author - Illustrator and Instructor

Lisa Cinelli
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Lisa Cinelli is a painter, children's book author/illustrator and Teaching Artist. She has an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lisa taught Children's Book Illustration and other 2-D Courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1994 until the winter of 2013 when she moved to New York.

Lisa works in a studio filled with art supplies, books and sketchbooks. She loves shapes of color and line. Lisa paints and draws in oils, gouache (an opaque watercolor) and ink using brushes, sticks, and chopsticks.

Often making accordion books together as a group, Lisa leads hands on artmaking
workshops for authors and illustrators weaving together the words and pictures of a story. She teaches one on one and in outreach programs. Her classes include preparation of a picture book dummy, organization of a portfolio, Children's Book Illustration, and drawing and painting from life.

Her clients include:

  • Holiday House Books for Young People
  • "Highlights High Five Magazine"
  • Bebop Books
  • Harcourt Brace Publisher
  • Cricket Magazine Group
  • Augsburg Fortress
  • Scott, Foresman Publishers
  • David C. Cook Publishing Company
  • World Book Publishers
  • Enesco
  • Nystrom
  • Baxter Travenol
  • "Children's Magic Window Magazine"


Lisa is a member of:

  • Society of Illustrators, New York
  • cbig-nyc, The Children's Book Illustrators Group, New York
  • SCBWI, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • SCBWI-Metro NY

Lisa was a runner up in the 2014 Illustration Contest judged by Tomie dePaola.
She won the 1999 Don Freeman Memorial Grant-in-aid for Illustration.

Lisa taught Children's Book Illustration for a few summers at Ox-Bow, in Saugatuck, MI, and enjoyed a month long residency at Ragdale, in Lake Forest, IL.

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Tel: 847-309-3067


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